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for Avid Chewers

Is your child an avid chewer?  Does he / she chew on his hands or knuckles?  Or go through several shirts a day?  If so, there are several things you can do to meet this oral sensory need.  The first step is to offer a safe alternative for chewing.  The products listed below are all medical grade oral motor chew tools that provide safe sensory input to the lips, tongue, cheeks, and especially the jaw.  Their long extensions mean you can reach all the way to the back molars, which is where we do the most chewing and where your children are likely craving the most input.  Each time your child reaches for an inappropriate item to chew on, replace it with one of the following tools. Be consistent and patient.  

In this category, we've pre-selected our toughest chews for you.  Our term XXT stands for "Xtra Xtra Tough" - recommended for avid chewers, for individuals who exert more jaw pressure, and/or for those who prefer to chew on very firm items:

  • Some prefer the Grabber® because the patented P shape features a built-in loop handle.  
  • Others prefer the Y-Chew® because there are three different extensions to chew on.  ***With three different extensions to chew on, this also means that the chewing is more evenly distributed.  For this reason ARK's Y-Chew® XXT typically lasts the longest out of all the products below for the most avid and aggressive chewers).  
  • Our Krypto-Bite™ and Brick Stick™ (click the images below and select XXT) are discreet oral sensory chew tools if out in public.  Please note, however, that since the intention here is to be discreet, these chew pendants are smaller than the Y-Chew® and Grabber®.  With less surface area to chew on, these may not last as long as the Grabber® XXT or Y-Chew® XXT for the most avid/aggressive chewers.  But they will still save a lot of shirts!

Please note that providing a safe outlet for chewing may not be the only thing your child needs.  Doing gum massage on a regular basis, for instance, can be very beneficial to provide proprioceptive input to all areas of the mouth.  Adding harder-to-chew foods to the diet may help as well.  Figuring out why they need to chew can be helpful (is something in his/her life causing extra stress/anxiety that can be decreased or managed?).  And lastly, consult with an occupational therapist (OT) to see if what's called a "sensory diet" of activities will help calm / regulate their sensory system.

 

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  • ARK's Grabber XXT
    ARK's Grabber® XXT $7.99
    Our toughest chew for avid chewers - Xtra Xtra Tough, but still chewable|||ARK's Grabber® XXT is one of our toughest oral motor chew tools, and so one of our longest lasting options for avid chewers. XXT stands for "Xtra...
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  • ARK's Textured Grabber XXT ("Xtra Xtra Tough")
    ARK's Textured Grabber® XXT $7.99
    Our toughest Grabber...WITH texture! A must for avid sensory seekers|||ARK's Textured Grabber® XXT is an "Xtra Xtra Tough" oral motor chew tool.  ARK Grabbers come in 3 toughness levels.  This version is the...
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  • ARK's Y-Chew XXT (Royal Blue, "Xtra Xtra Tough" for avid chewers or those who like to chew on firm items)
    ARK's Y-Chew® XXT $7.99
    Xtra Xtra Tough and textured - our toughest chew tool for avid chewers - click to see more colors|||ARK's Y-Chew® XXT is our toughest oral motor chew tool.  It's super firm ("Xtra Xtra Tough"),...
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  • ARK's Krypto-Bite™ - stylish chewelry in 3 different toughness levels
    ARK's Krypto-Bite™ Chewable Gem Necklace $9.99
    A stylish, discrete, and wearable necklace version of the Grabber|||Made in the USA, ARK's Krypto-Bite™ Chewable Gem Necklace provides a safe, wearable, and discreet solution for kids and adults who need to chew. For...
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  • ARK's Brick Stick™ - cool textured chewelry in 3 different toughness levels
    ARK's Brick Stick™ Chew Necklace (Textured) $12.99
    A cool and wearable necklace version of the Textured Grabber with 2 different textures|||Made in the USA,  ARK's Brick Stick Textured Chew Necklace provides a safe, wearable, discreet, and cool solution for those who...
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  • ARK's Dino-Bite™ Chewable Jewelry
    ARK's Dino-Bite™ Chewable Jewelry Necklace $14.99
    Dinosaur fan?  Check out this T-Rex inspired chew necklace|||ARK’s Dino-Bite™ Chewable Jewelry Necklace is the coolest new chewelry on the block!  This "roarsome" T-Rex design is sure to be a hit with...
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  • ARK's Brick Bracelet
    ARK's Brick Bracelet Textured Chew / Fidget $9.99
    A bumpy twist-on chewable bracelet and fidget|||Made in the USA,  ARK's Brick Bracelet provides a safe, wearable, discreet, and cool solution for those who need to chew.  It has a unique 'twist-on' style that makes...
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  • Colorful chewelry in 3 different toughness levels
    ARK's Chewable Bangle Bracelet $9.99
    A twist-on chewable bracelet 'chewelry'|||Made in the USA,  ARK's Chewable Bangle Bracelet provides a safe, wearable, discreet, and cool solution for those who need to chew.  It has a unique 'twist-on' style that...
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